Sebastián Lelio will direct the genre-hybrid film for Apple and A24.

By Joey Nolfi
October 23, 2020 at 12:50 PM EDT
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Scarlett Johansson is bringing new life to a classic icon.

EW has confirmed the Oscar-nominated actress will lead Gloria Bell director Sebastián Lelio's upcoming feature Bride, a riff on the legendary Bride of Frankenstein character.

Billed as a genre-bending take on the well-known character's story, the Apple and A24 film will follow a woman — modeled as the picturesque, ideal wife — who rejects her male creator and escapes from his obsessive clutches to create a new identity for herself in a world that initially views her as a monster.

Lelio, whose 2017 film A Fantastic Woman won the country of Chile an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, will co-write the script with Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who wrote Ryan Gosling's Wolfman.

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"It is long overdue for Bride to step out of the shadow of her male counterpart and stand alone,” Johansson — who's producing the project with Jonathan Lia through their These Pictures company — told The Hollywood Reporter. "Working alongside Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum, Sebastián and I are extremely excited to emancipate this classic anti-heroine and reanimate her story to reflect the change we see today."

Bride — not related to Universal's gestating Bride of Frankenstein film written by David Koepp — marks the latest collaboration between Apple Original Films and A24, which recently partnered to release On the Rocks, the latest film from Johansson's Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola.

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